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USAID and IUCN: Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages: Impact of the RISE Grants Challenge and New Winners

As part of its celebration of Earth Day 2023, USAID and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced five new awards of the Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable (RISE) Challenge. 

The winners will receive a total of $1.85 million in grants from USAID to address gender-based violence (GBV) in the environment sector. The five local organizations – across Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia – will address GBV in the context of environmental conservation, resource use in climate-vulnerable settings, and the protection of Indigenous women environmental human rights defenders. 

About the RISE Challenge

The Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments (RISE) grants challenge is a first-of-its-kind fund available to organizations working to address gender-based violence in environmental programming and climate-vulnerable contexts. It is a direct response to key research findings by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on gender-based violence and environment linkages and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The RISE Challenge invests in partnerships between environmental, gender equality, and community-based organisations and leaders working to address gender-based violence in developing countries around the world.

An excerpt from the original posting on USAID.gov 

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